KALC’s plan to expand its business to Ethiopia came after realizing the aviation business growth in the country as well as the country’s connection to African Union.

By Peter Shaw-Smith, for AIN Online |

With increasing business aviation activity to and within Africa, Tanzania-based Kilimanjaro Aviation Logistics Center (KALC, Booth X089) has been expanding its regional presence and has set up a regional affiliate in Ethiopia.

We’ve seen growth in Ethiopian business aviation activity, especially connected to the African Union,” Stanley Joseph, general manager, KALC, told AIN.

KALC is a Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. affiliate founded eight years ago to meet the growing demand for trip support across Africa. Universal Aviation, the ground support division of Universal, recently added a dedicated supervisory agent in Ethiopia. As a result, it can now provide ground supervisory services to business aviation airports throughout Ethiopia.

Our agent fully understands the logistical challenges often encountered when operating into Ethiopia, and she [uses] her local knowledge and the global resources of Universal to help clients avoid any unexpected events or delays on the ground.

Business aviation in Tanzania is dominated by charter operators. Private jets are fairly few but we are anticipating growing demand to travel regionally,” said Joseph.

Part of the company’s strategy in Africa, but also the rest of the world, is to establish a physical presence in locations considered high stress and high risk by clients. This could be due to lack of infrastructure, high-traffic airports where business aviation is not the top priority, remote locations or airports where clients are likely to need last-minute support.

It was important to establish a presence on the ground in Africa because the continent provides unique logistical challenges and the subtly different aviation regulations with which the 56 countries of Africa are bound,”

Initially KALC served as a permit office, with the capability to support around 10,000 trips a year. However, demand for regional client support has increased and the company has expanded its reach

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